Saturday, August 18, 2012

New Symphonic Band at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA

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A new Symphonic Band begins this Fall semester at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA. I'll be the conductor, and I'm really looking forward to building a fine, college-level band in this vibrant and growing community which lies just a short distance north of the Los Angeles basin.

The new CoC Symphonic Band (Music 185) will meet Monday evenings from 6pm to 10pm in room PCOH 202. That's a great rehearsal space in Pico Canyon Hall (PCOH), which is adjacent and attached to the beautiful new Performing Arts Center. We're on a 16-week semester that begins Monday, August 27, 2012 and extends into mid December. All persons who have college-level ability on a wind, brass, or percussion instrument and are otherwise eligible to take classes at a California Community College should be eligible to join the CoC Symphonic Band. Auditions are required. I will audition new students at or just prior to class meetings. Be prepared to play a chromatic scale across the entire normal range of your instrument and to play all major scales from memory. There might be room for one double (string) bass. Musicians interested in extra-musical options (publicity, music library, equipment management) should also inquire. CoC has a useful collection of percussion instruments, but otherwise, musicians will need to provide their own instruments.

Wind ensembles have a long and rich history. I expect to explore interesting and entertaining music from a wide variety of eras and styles in band history. Student soloists may be featured. Building the band through sectional work in Harmonie ensembles and British-style brass band music is likely. My personal research into a little-known collection of Civil War band music might result in performances. The Symphonic Band will also be a resource to CoC composers. I hope to present world premieres.

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Dr. Ray